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Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Morris, Pa. (Tioga County
Same here, I've been hunting state forest ( Dmap 45 & 46 ) since the late sixties and this in all my 65 years is the worst turn out ever.
I haven't seen a deer since the day before the opener (Sunday) and I know the buck are here because I've had trail cameras out since before archery and just pulled them Saturday. The deer were moving mostly after dark and before day break but non the less the deer are here. It use to be that you couldn't find a decent place to pull off the road on state forest property here and now you can pretty much take your pick.
On the other hand, some of what hunters that I did see yesterday and today were really inconsiderate to say the least, maybe it's that they are in experienced . I seen where two state forest gates were blocked by pick up trucks which is a big no no.
This morning I was up on a ridge looking down on the road I came on and where I have got some nice buck crossing on the trail camera. Along about 8 a.m. I see a hunter walking up this road and another one coming down the road from the opposite direction and meet right in front of me about a hundred yards below me and I'm in plain sight on stand but they didn't have a good old conversation and even laughing at one point. Well after a half hour of that (8:30) I got up and left for another spot a couple of miles away. This evening I was in a spot off the state forest road about 80 yds. up on the face of a ridge looking down and I see this hunter coming down the road about 45 minutes before quitting time and he's coming in to me. I'm in plain sight again but I figured he might be lost or something on that order. Well as it turned out he wasn't, he just wanted to know if I seen anything and began to tell me that just after day break yesterday morning he got a 7 pt. just up the road. So when I was able to get a word in edge wise I asked him what did he have against anybody else getting a buck. He asked me what did I mean by that and that's when I unloaded on this ignorant idiot. He left me just a cursing and calling me all kinds if unmentionables .
Oh how I miss the sixties and seventies when there were more hunters out kicking deer around and less of these inexperienced hunters who like to jaw jack out in the woods instead of doing it at camp or in the bar rooms where it should be done.
Any way, yesterday I heard 5 shots all day, 6:55 am one shot, 7:10 3 shots from what seemed like the same guy and 8:00 am one shot. Today, one shot way off in the distance around 7:30 am.
On the borders of Tioga, Lycoming, and Bradford
Last edited by freeze; 11-28-2017 at 08:13 PM.